Alumni Return to Alma for Homecoming 2006
Alma College alumni will celebrate 120 years of College growth and progress during Homecoming 2006.
A full schedule of homecoming events and receptions will take place
Oct. 6 through 8. Highlights include the Pizza Sam’s Night reception
from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Tyler Van-Dusen Rotunda, the 11 a.m.
Saturday parade along Superior Street, the noon all-alumni picnic on
the chapel lawn, and the 1:30 p.m. football game against Hope College.
The Alma College Choirs join with former choir members for the annual Homecoming Concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Remick Heritage Center. Alumni rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
For detailed information regarding homecoming activities, visit the Web site at: http://www.alma.edu/alumni/06homecoming. The 2006 homecoming theme acknowledges the College’s 1886 founding 120 years ago.
Special homecoming guests will include the 50- and 25-year reunion classes of 1956 and 1981, along with the Alma College Board of Trustees, who will serve as this year’s parade grand marshals.
Four alumni will be honored during the weekend festivities:
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Mark Foster ’70 has achieved a number of prestigious milestones during a distinguished legal career. During the Reagan Administration, he was appointed as Special Counsel to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo as an advisor on trade negotiations with Japan. Earlier this year, Foster was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute, representing one of the highest honors to be accorded an American lawyer. In March 2006, he was appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Information and Communications Technologies, Services and Electronic Commerce. Foster practices law in California’s Silicon Valley, maintaining affiliate offices in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo. Widely recognized as a leading international business and trade lawyer, Foster’s legal work has significantly opened Japan’ s markets to American high-tech products. He has practiced international and domestic commercial and regulatory law since 1981.
Smith Distinguished Service Award
Karen Sullivan Wollenhaupt ’87 promotes Alma College to metro Detroit students and alumni as a founding board member of the Metro Detroit Roundtable. Founded in 1996, the Roundtable hosts networking opportunities for Detroit-area alumni and friends and assists current Alma students with career exploration and personal growth. At the group’s annual Gala last spring, more than $7,300 was raised for the Kevin P. Scott Metro Detroit Roundtable Endowed Scholarship.
“Alma provides an atmosphere that allows students to explore different majors and determine what they want to do with their lives,” she says. “ I want to help support that for future generations and to help support the people who are doing it currently – letting them how they are doing a valuable job.”
Young Alumnus Award
Mike Pennie ’94 sells high-tech surgical devices to physicians for ConMed Endoscopic Technologies. His journey since graduation, however, has taken several twists and turns. He has sold sponsorships for a Chris Evert-sponsored tennis tournament, sold corporate sponsorships for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League, and promoted cardiovascular and gastrointestinal drugs for Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
“Having a liberal arts background is great because I got a taste of so many different subjects,” says Pennie. “At Alma you get more attention from teachers, and even if I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, it’s a big reason I have had a successful career in marketing.”
George Hebert Lifetime Service Award
George “Cal” Kerr Jr. ’72 is former chair of the Alma College Alumni Board and a founding member of the Metro Detroit Roundtable who has stayed active as an alumnus because of a personal commitment to his alma mater. “I believe in the mission of the College,” he says.
Kerr, director of administration for Avanti Press, a Detroit-based greeting card company, is described as a leader in his community and profession and a positive role model for students and alumni of Alma College, according to Brian Bartes, vice chair of the Alma College Alumni Board: “I know many people who have contributed in great ways to Alma College. But Cal has embraced, benefited from and contributed to the Alma experience more than anyone I know. He truly models the way for alumni to give back to the College.”
Posted: Fri, September 29th, 2006 at 10:51AM